Most of the local feed stores around here have stopped selling chicks. I planned on ordering just four chicks from MPC, but a co-worker said he bet there were still chicks available "somewhere." So, after 7 phone calls, I found a feed store that stocks LOTS of various kinds of chicks through October. On my lunch break, I drove 16 miles to see what they had.... was gonna need to get a heat lamp, litter, feed, etc., anyway, and if all looked good I'd come back this weekend for the chicks. OMG. I am lucky I stopped at four! There were nearly 20 huge troughs of chicks, separated by breed and gender. Some breeds had several which were a week or two old, mixed with that day's new delivery of 2-day old chicks. I'm standing over one trough when the nice young, male employee - wearing a cowboy hat - walked over. "They're so darned CUTE!" I enthused. "If you say so," he replied. "I know, they're just chickens to you." He nodded. So, after he asked me if I wanted them for pets (I said, "Layers," but admitted they would also be pets), he suggested two breeds of the four I'd already pretty much decided I wanted: RIR, and Plymouth Rock Barred. I asked if there were any Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas; they had the latter. Then he suggested a Brahma, because they're friendly, extremely good layers and cold & heat hardy. There were only 2-day old chicks in that bin, because they sell out fast. So I came home with all the supplies I needed and four little peepers in a Peet's Coffee cardboard box. (I had to call work to take the rest of the day off.) The little Brahma can hold her own amidst the somewhat older other 3 chicks. The RIR is adorable (I'll call her Rhoda), the Ameraucana is the leader in each feed pecking and water drinking session, and the Plymouth Barred does more scratch dances in the brooder box than the others do. Right now, anyway. So, tell me this: do I understand I can feed food OTHER than - that is, in addition to - the chick starter feed? I thought it was just the starter feed for six weeks (I read the instructions on the 50 lb bag I bought). By the way, the tractor/coop should be done by the October 12th, just before I go on vacation for a month. So I can stay at home and watch my new fuzz-butts all day long!